March aims to end child abuse in Pima County

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March aims to end child abuse in Pima County

CREATED Mar 30, 2012

Reporter: Aaron Brackett

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Homelessness, substance abuse, and chronic medical conditions are all documented effects of child abuse, but a walk in Tucson Friday morning aimed to raise awareness, and lower mistreatment and neglect.

The 8th annual March for Children was organized by Pima County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Adam who says, community awareness is just the beginning to solving this epidemic in our community.

"As a community we are only as strong as our weakest link and when someone in the community is suffering, we are all suffering. we are talking about the most vulnerable in our population, children,' Said Adam. "They have no voice, they cannot vote, and we need to be standing up for them and its critically important that the community rally around this issue."

The half mile walk from UMC's South Campus finished at Pima County Juvenile Court with keynote speakers such as Judge Adam, pediatrician Dr. Eve Shapiro, and psychologist Dr. Beverly Tobiason.

Overshadowing this year's walk was a reported 50% increase in child abuse and neglect cases in Pima County since the start of 2012. Volunteer Ramona Panas said Friday's turnout shows the community's concern.

"Its been a bit of a greater turnout [this year]," said Panas. "People don't necessarily understand what that means, so when they come to events like this, and events being held in April, they get closer to what the issues are."